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Colorado, Independence Day, Outdoors, and Red Rocks

July 15, 2013

Coming in from the airport the first thing you see downtown is the stadium. Good thing since that is where I was headed.
Cheap seats turned out to be a perfect spot on a beautiful summer afternoon to see the Rockies whip the Dodgers. Was pretty cool that I saw the Dodgers at the Padres the week before in San Diego.

After the game they cleared the outfield seating and brought everyone on the field for the fireworks display.

We visited Idaho Spring to do some rafting but I will put up the rafting photos and video separately as I learn how to post some more sizable files from the GoPro.

After we went rafting we hit a cool pizza place for lunch and I had to run down the street to the Tommy Knocker Brewery since I did not want to miss it while I was there.
After lunch we headed to St Mary’s Glacier, a beautiful local hike. Short and steep was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. Below are Libby and Connie trying there best high school graduation photo pose.

After a great dinner that evening in the Highlands neighborhood at Root Down, we got a good nights rest before the next days hiking and brewery visit. Below are some shots heading up the Gem Lake Trail, leading off with me goofing with sister of course.


After the beautiful hikes in the Rocky Mountain National park. I dragged everyone on the scenic drive from Estes Park to Fort Collins to visit the New Belgium Brewing Company. I have to credit Fat Tire Ale with really starting me on my craft beer kick so many years ago. Despite not getting to enjoy any beers since I was driving the place was such fun. We wrote post cards did some shopping and I did the brief self guided tour.


My fancy Fat Tire bike seems far less unique now. I did go ahead and pick up a bell for it to make it that much more authentic.
Just some people hula hooping outside since that of course is what I think of when I think brewery.

Before heading to drop most everyone off at the airport we made a brief stop in Golden for ice cream and a walk through the quaint old town and down by the creek that feeds the Coors Brewing Company.
The next day after my running with junkies experience we visited Red Rocks which is by far the most spectacular natural music venue I have ever seen.




The last evening was capped off with a show at Red Rock. Went on a pretty feminine “man date” with Joe to see Josh Groban and the Denver Symphony which despite being not great for a guys night was a pretty amazing show.
Our Saturday night on the town in Denver was pretty amazing and it was good to spend it with good friends. Thanks Denver!


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